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 On-demand transportation company Uber is working on ways that it could make life easier for its drivers. Earlier today, that included a partnership with Metromile to offer per-mile car insurance. And now the company is announcing a partnership with Intuit that could provide more visibility to drivers about their earnings and taxes. Yesterday we wrote about how Stripe and Intuit were… Read More

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 Fast-growing custom apparel startup Teespring, which is backed by nearly $57 million from Andreessen Horowitz, Khosla Ventures and others, is making a move to expand its footprint globally through the strategic acquisition of European apparel platform Fabrily. Headquartered in London, Fabrily has been operating for nearly as long as Teespring, offering its mainly Western European-based… Read More

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 Classpass, the NY-based company that gives users unlimited access to local fitness classes, has pulled in some new key hires moving into 2015. Zach Apter and Alex Do are joining the team as Head of Revenue Management and Head of Marketing respectively, as Classpass focuses on growing the already popular brand. Read More

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 Sony is relaunching its streaming music service for PlayStation Network, and this time it’s bringing in a partner with ample expertise in streaming music services: Spotify. The existing Sony Music Unlimited service will be closed to make way for the new PlayStation Music service powered by Spotify, but Sony points out that nearly all countries that currently have access to Music… Read More

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 Some closure in the ongoing story of retail giant Tesco offloading its digital content effort blinkbox. Assets from blinkbox Books — specifically customer accounts and existing e-book libraries — are being picked up by Kobo, the e-book division of Rakuten. Blinkbox customers are getting emails informing them of the transition, and Tesco has confirmed the details to us directly. Read More

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 New York Times bestselling author Kelly Corrigan wants to bring more attention to some of her favorite authors. She proposes to do that with a video series in which she gets to interview some of those writers on camera and distribute those interviews on Medium. Corrigan began filming the 12-part author interview program Foreword for Medium earlier this month. Her hope is that viewers… Read More

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 Eventjoy, the event management platform and Y Combinator graduate that was quickly snatched up by Ticketmaster last fall, is today releasing a new version of its mobile application for event attendees that’s more of an overhaul than an upgrade. The new application introduces a number of unique, new features, including the ability for event attendees to chat in real-time with event… Read More

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 Editor’s Note: John Bush is the Editor in Chief of the Liberty Beat daily radio news service and host of the weekly Bitcoin podcast SovereignBTC. As the third week of the Ross Ulbricht trial resumes, after a snow-blanketed New York City cancelled Tuesday’s proceedings, it’s a great opportunity to get caught up with what happened in week two. To recap, Ulbricht is accused… Read More

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 Popular consumer drone-maker DJI is using firmware to fight some potential abuses of its hobbyist hardware, with an update that will prevent its Phantom 2-series drones from being able to fly onto the White House lawn, or carry drugs across country borders. This ones after an unauthorized drone made its way to an ignominious end on the White House land earlier this week, and after a drone… Read More

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 Uber covers drivers with $1 million of insurance when they’re on the job, but they still have to buy personal car insurance even if they hardly drive off-the-job. But now, Metromile and Uber have developed a seamless personal/commercial per-mile car insurance plan for Uber drivers that uses a cellular gadget that plugs into their vehicle’s diagnostic port. It connects with Uber… Read More

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 There is not much to say about Insensi just yet. I met the company’s founder Ilan Abehassera in Paris two weeks ago, and he gave me a few hints about his very secretive startup. First, it’s a hardware startup based in New York. Second, he hired a team of all-star engineers. Third, he raised $2.4 million already. Abehassera previously co-founded task management platform Producteev… Read More

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 We venture into the glorious Land of Speculation today to ponder what a Nexus 6 with a fingerprint reader would’ve been like, after former Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside revealed one was planned but then scrapped after Apple acquired AuthenTec to provide the basis for Touch ID. We also discuss Android gaming on TVs, the Nexus Player, and Motorola’s return to the Chinese market.… Read More

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 Amazon continues to try to shift unsold inventory of its unpopular smartphone, the Fire Phone, by slashing the price-tag. It’s currently discounting a U.K. version of the device that’s on contract with the O2 carrier to £99, down from £399. Read More

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 Israel is racking up a growing list of startups that have either exited to big buyers or gone public, and this trend is driving yet more investment into the country. In the latest development, Tel Aviv VC Singulariteam is announcing that it has closed its second fund — $102 million from LPs that include co-founders of China’s Tencent and Renren — that it will use… Read More

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 Oyster, which offers unlimited access to more than 1 million e-books for $9.95 a month, just announced it’s adding the Harry Potter series to its library. To do this, it’s partnering with the website Pottermore (which has been getting attention recently for publishing new, Potter-related stories from author J.K. Rowling). Read More

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 Snapchat may been in the news for its new media-centric ‘Discover’ platform, but a less familiar startup is pressing its claim as the most popular chat app among young people in the U.S.. Read More

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 Lootsie, one of several startups that allows developers to add reward programs to their games and other apps, is announcing that it has raised $3.5 million in seed funding. Co-founder and President Brandon Werber told me that Lootsie has been raising the funding gradually, in batches of a few hundred thousand dollars, and the announcement really marks the point where the startup is closing out… Read More

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 When rolling out a new product, or making changes to an old one, companies can spend thousands of dollars on testing to ensure that customers actually like the app, device, gizmo, gadget or service. It’s a multi-million dollar industry, and one that hasn’t taken full advantage of remote technologies. Well, UserTesting aims to change that and has raised $45.5 million in financing… Read More

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 It’s International Data Privacy Day, not that most people would likely know that — or, some would argue, care. And therein lies the rub. Privacy, we are constantly told by those with their hands on the levers of power, is not something users are bothered about. Read More

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 Zimride, the long-distance ride-sharing service in the U.S. which spawned Lyft, is closing down its consumer-facing business to focus on business and university customers. Read More

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 Just three weeks after announcing the acquisition of Zip Phone, India-based messaging app Hike has updated its Android app with a voice-calling feature. When Hike bought Y Combinator-backed Zip Phone, which allows users to make Wi-Fi-enabled phone calls, CEO Kavin Bharti Mittal said that it would allow the company to add free voice-calling, one of its most requested features from users, much… Read More

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 Nintendo is moving towards a slim profit for its current financial year. The Japanese games giant just went public with its Q3 2014 numbers: total revenue came in at ¥271,521 billion ($2.3 billion), of which ¥45.2 billion ($383 million) was net profit. Read More

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 Alibaba Group affiliate Ant Financial Services has unveiled a new credit-scoring system that uses data from the e-commerce giant’s sites to gauge users’ creditworthiness. Dubbed Sesame Credit, the new service is an example of how Alibaba’s reach in China goes far beyond online shopping. Read More

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 U.S. Senator Al Franken today sent another letter to Uber’s Travis Kalanick, probing the embattled CEO to provide more information about the company’s privacy policies. Franken, a Minnesota Democrat, first contacted Kalanick about the car service’s policies in November. The inquiry came after BuzzFeed reported that an Uber executive suggested the company would intimidate… Read More

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 YC-backed Omniref gave its code annotation and reference platform a big boost this week with the addition of support for JavaScript, the popular programming language used to make interactive browser-based apps and backend server code using libraries like Node.js. Read More

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